Chicago protests of Wilson verdict mostly peaceful

By Elizabeth Atkinson

All eyes were on Ferguson, Mo., after the grand jury decision Monday not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the August shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old. A smaller but still noisy protest took place in Chicago as about a hundred people walked up Lake Shore Drive to the Loop accompanied by more than 100 police officers.

One marcher, Dreadsen Owen, said the protest would help people unite against police brutality. Conservatives are too quick to blame young black men when there are altercations with the police, he said, citing the case of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager in Florida who was killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer, who initially was not charged with a crime.

The Chicago protest was mostly peaceful, but a few people yelled at the police officers keeping track of the march. They shouted “Shame on you,” and “murdering police” at the officers, who were on foot and bikes.

Another protester, Lori Radder, said that the lack of indictment of Wilson means the justice system isn’t working and predicted that “people are about to get pretty upset.” She also said she expects Chicago would see many more such protests in the future.